Task Force on Academic Affairs & New Initiatives

The Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force is charged to review the following Strategic Initiatives as stated in the College’s Strategic Plan: l.1, l.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 1.6.

The Task Force should take into consideration the impact its recommendations might have on other academic programs and on the broader curriculum.

The purpose of the review is to develop recommendations to the Board of Trustees for the College’s future advancement. The Task Force should make its recommendations without consideration of funding requirements. It should not be of concern that in some cases a Task Force recommendation may overlap with the recommendation of another Task Force.

Strategic Goal #1 - Educate for leadership and service.

Our Mission Statement calls us to engage students in transformative education that leads them to attain their full potential as persons, to develop in them a capacity and passion for lifelong learning, and to prepare them for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society. Gustavus will invest in transformative education practices—in classrooms, studios, laboratories, performance spaces, residence halls, support offices, and playing fields—to support individual student success across the campus.

Strategic Initiative: Enhance Gustavus’s academic strength in student-centered learning in the liberal arts disciplines and pre-professional education by investing in academic departments and programs. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force
Strategic Initiative: Enhance Gustavus’s strength in student-centered learning through a strong partnership between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force and Student Life Task Force
Strategic Initiative: Develop more fully and staff appropriately a program of undergraduate research and creativity across the curriculum. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force
Strategic Initiative: Develop and implement a robust model of lifelong learning that is firmly rooted in our liberal arts tradition and consonant with our academic and co-curricular programs. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force
Strategic Initiative: Develop a distinctive Integrated Leadership program that combines rigorous academic study with relevant field experience for the development of students’ leadership skills and competencies. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force and Student Life Task Force

Task Force Members

  • Chair: Trustee Becky Bergman
  • Facilitator: Mary E. Morton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Tom Bergstrom '82
  • Kevin Bjork '79
  • David Carlson '60
  • Dan Currell '94
  • Mari Bottolfson Feder '91
  • Chris Gilbert
  • David Hakensen '81
  • Al Henderson '62
  • Carol Johnson
  • David Johnson '54
  • Dennis Johnson '60
  • Julie Johnson '69
  • Brenda Kelly
  • Mark Kruger
  • George Malkasian
  • Debbie Lightly Mascaro '95
  • Colleen Peterson '12
  • Susan Rydell
  • Lee Sande
  • Todd Peterson '91
  • Beth Sparboe Schnell '82
  • Matt Schueffner '10
  • Florence Sponberg H37
  • Joyce Sutphen
  • Brian Tommerdahl
  • Linnea Wren